Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Jaftex!


Congratulations, Jaftex, on your 85th Anniversary in the fabric industry.  What a milestone! Jaftex is the parent company of  Henry Glass Fabrics, Studio e Fabrics, and Blank Quilting Corp. and has been a family owned business  for all 85 years - Jaftex actually stands for company founder Jacob
Fortunoff Textiles.  As many of you know, Little Quilts has been designing fabric for Henry Glass for over 15 years and we can tell you from personal experience...Jaftex is the best!  We're so excited to have been welcomed into their family and we're honored to be part of their anniversary celebration.
We're very grateful for the support from Robert, Scott, & Greg Fortunoff, and the help from our Design Director, Lisa Loessel and her talented staff of artists who help us coordinate, refine, and prepare the new fabric collections Little Quilts presents to you.  Our newest collection in the 'Reflections of the South' series is "Roswell Mill". It features warm, rich reproduction fabrics with three beautiful toiles picturing  a working cotton mill in the South that will be perfect for backings and backgrounds. See the collection on the Henry Glass website along with free downloadable projects for quilts and  a table runner using this beautiful line of fabric. When the fabric arrives in the coming months, we'll also have kits available on our website. Sign up for our email newsletter and you'll be among the first to know  when it arrives in the shop!
We hope you've been enjoying the Anniversary Blog Hop and all the beautiful quilts the designers have made,  with Jaftex fabrics.  We love stars here at Little Quilts so we chose a great star pattern for our anniversary quilt and isn't the quilt even more gorgeous photographed at one of the libraries in New York...
 We were thrilled to open our box and find it filled with brightly colored fabrics from the Folio collection by Henry Glass.  We love using Folios as blenders and backgrounds and stock most of them in the shop!
We wanted a project that would showcase the vibrancy of the colors and decided on a Hunter's Star pattern.  We call it Anniversary Star in honor of Jaftex's 85th.
Our Hunter Star quilt is 42" x 56" - a good throw size.  
Making a Hunter's Star Quilt is easy using the  Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler by Studio 180 Designs! We began by dividing the fabrics into warm and cool colorways.
and cutting into the appropriate size pieces.
Following the easy directions with the Hunter's Star Ruler, we stitched these odd looking units.
After pressing, the units were subcut using the ruler, as shown. 
Units were trimmed...

and pieced into the Hunter Star units.
Don't you just love these bright, rich colors?
The units were stitched into blocks...
The blocks are over-sized so we trimmed them to the exact size we needed using the 'square-up' end of the Hunter's Star ruler. The Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler has all the measurements for oversizing the units and trimming them to the exact size to sew 5" - 8" star blocks

and when the blocks are stitched together, the stars just magically appear and they're perfect every time!
A large design wall will help with color placement of the blocks...
We used the left-over fabric to make a fabulous pieced  stripe binding for the quilt.  Different length strips were pieced together. For a wider binding to show on the front of the quilt we cut the strips 
3 1/2" wide.
Attach the binding strip to the quilt...
Trim the binding evenly around the quilt (notice we trim 1/2" - 3/4" away from the fabric, leaving extra backing and batting to make the binding a little wider to show off the pieced strips)...
And look at the beautiful result!
We'd like to help you start your own Hunter's Star Anniversary Quilt.  Let us know if you've ever attempted a Hunter's Star Quilt or if it's on your bucket list and we'll randomly select someone, and send one lucky winner a bundle of 20 fabulous Folio Fat 1/4ths!

The Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler by Studio 180 is available on our website .  It comes with detailed, easy-to-follow directions for making the quilt! We used the Petite Star ruler (makes blocks 5" -8") for our quilt.

And don't forget about the great anniversary prizes being given by Jaftex - there are many ways to enter and lots of chances to win! Check out how here...  85th Anniversary Giveaway

There's another great designer being featured today.  Find out more about  Mary Jane Carey, at Holly Hill Quilt Designs.  She designs small seasonal projects that will make you smile.
Continue the Anniversary Blog Hop tomorrow...we think you'll love the whimsical, improv designs of Daisy Aschehoug of Ants To Sugar.

Thanks for visiting our blog - we hope you'll check back with us soon!

143 comments:

Amanda Best said...

I haven't made a Hunter's Star quilt, yet, but yours is gorgeous!
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Thanks!

Anita said...

I have never tried to make a Hunter's Star quilt, but I would sure like to try! Your's is lovely!

Pat Gottshalk said...

You hit "vibrancy" out of the park! Your quilt is dynamic making me ready to try a huter's star again. The last one I did was made before rotary cutters, maybe 1983. The smaller scale is intriguing. Thanks for sharing your work.

Marian Allen said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors. Hunter's Star has been on my bucket list - but it looked so hard until I read this post. Thanks so much

Michele T said...

I've never made a quilt like this and it is gorgeous!! Interesting how you pieced it together!!

Emily C said...

Just Beautiful. I have not tried a Hunter's Star, yet. They are on my list.

Debbie Rogowski said...

I LOVE the hunter star! it is on my bucket list. I always thought I liked in the two color but this one is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing

Judy Zoll said...

I have made 2 hunter star quilts and have plans to make more. Love the scrapiness of your design.

Rita Lynn said...

I too have never made the hunter's star. It looks great.

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

Oh this Hunter's Star is absolutely on my bucket list! and yours is stunning!! I am so in live with the binding too!!

Dawn said...

I've never made one, and it hasn't been on my list, but I'm thinking it might be on my list now.
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Ronda Reitz said...

I have never made a Hunter's Star, but after seeing yours I just might have to try one! (phonygal@msn.com)

Cecilia said...

I've put The Hunter's Star on my wishlist and I already have the ruler. I love the way your stars shine in these bright colors. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

Whimsey 4u said...

What a pretty combinations of fabrics!

Afquilt said...

Haven't made one yet but definitely on my bucket list!

Vicki H said...

Your Hunter's Star is beautiful, I love the colors. It is now on my list to make.

Susan Van Kirk Beyer said...

I bought the Rapid Fire ruler for my mom last year. Looking at this beautiful quilt, I think I should have gotten one for me too so I can make this!

Linda said...

I love the white colorful hunters star. Very pretty.

Linda said...

SUCH A NEAT STAR BLOCK! THANKS FOR SHARING!
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Cathy J said...

What a beautiful quilt. I've never made this pattern, but those fabrics do a lovely job!

MoeWest said...

I've had a Hunter's Star quilt on my bucket list for awhile now. Your quilt looks wonderfully vibrant!

April said...

I definitely want to make this quilt now that you've shown me how easy it is to piece together. I love the bright colors with the cream colored stars. My daughters would both love it too!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I haven't made the Hunter's Star Quilt but it will definitely be going on my bucket list.

Nancy said...

I've never done a Hunter's Star quilt; not on my bucket list right now

Laura said...

Have not tried a hunters star. Love love love the way the white stars make the lovely prints sparkle.

quiltonia said...

I've always wanted to make a Hunter's Star quilt but haven't yet. The ruler looks like a perfect go-to tool.

Rhonda Best said...

I have never made a Hunter's Star Quilt, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun. I hope to try one someday soon. I love yours! mtmom57@gmail.com

stichnRN said...

i haven't done the hunter's star yet, but have a friend that showed 8 of them while doing a demonstration for quilt guild. maybe soon.

Joyce Carter said...

Your quilt is just gorgeous with all the pretty fabrics.I haven't made a Hunter's Star quilt yet, but it is definitely on my bucket list and has been for a while. i think maybe now is the time to get started on it. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

Helen said...

I have never made a Hunter's Star block/quilt. Your quilt is certainly a inspiration, might get me moving toward this pattern.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to quilting so I haven't tried one... yet! Love the look of the multi colored background with the light stars- very striking! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Bonnie said...

What a bright beautiful quilt! Star quilts are my favorite. I am currently working on a Hunter's Star wall hanging that I started in a recent class I took from Debbie Maddy. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.
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phegland said...

Beautiful quilt! You make it sound so easy. I had never seen this ruler so I was very intrested in your illustrations as you used it.

janice said...

I do have a Hunter's star quilt on my bucket list. Your quilt is beautiful.

Melody Lutz said...

I'm printing this! On my bucket list and super tutorial!

Carol said...

Hunter's Star wasn't even on my radar until I saw your tutorial! I love it and now it's on my list.

barbara woods said...

love your quilt

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Wow! That's beautiful! I've never made a hunters star - I'm still kinda new and that really looks complicated! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric :)
Debby E
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Quilting Tangent said...

Very pretty quilt. No, I have never made a Hunter Star quilt, looks easy enough. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Janie said...

I have made the hunters star before, but the way I constructed it was not as easy as yours seem to be. I would love to give it another go, the last one I made in purple and yellows. I love yours. Thank you for the inspiration.

Katy M said...

I love your quilt! It's the nicest thing I've seen on the blog hop so far :) I've never made a hunters star quilt but would love to try x

Karen McMahon said...

I have never made a Hunter's Star quilt but it is on my quilting bucket list. I think seeing your beautiful version has moved it up on the list!

quilter said...

Beautiful! I wish I had this ruler when I made a Hunters Star, I used some kind of triangle paper I think? The 180 ruler looks much easier to use.
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Kathryn said...

I've purchased the ruler, and a red and white Hunter's Star is on my bucket list. I love your multicolored one.

rrjane011749 said...

It's on my bucket list!

Ursula Yeo said...

I have never made a large Hunters star but have always admired them very much. I would love to try making one. Yours is beautiful. What a perfect way to use those beautiful fabrics.

smreusser said...

Beautiful quilt, I have taken a mini workshop on the Hunter's star, have not tried making one yet!

Donna W said...

Oh, what a beautiful quilt! The Hunter's Star is on my bucket list.

Darlene B said...

I was on a quilt retreat this past weekend. We visited a couple quilt shops and I was picking out some random fat quarters. My friends asked what I was buying them for and I said that my next project would be a hunter's star! So, yes, it's definitely on my bucket list!

KaHolly said...

Oh, I have, I have, and I just loved making it. I had a big bag of bonus half square triangles and turned them into a gorgeous Hunters Star piece. Then I successfully practiced some FMQ on it and am doubly pleased with the results. Your is gorgeous, so bright and cheery. You do Jaftex proud!

selleck said...

I made a couple stars in a variation that was a lot of fun. After watching you, I'd like to try again.

Lisa Marie said...

I love the Hunter's Star and hope to make one someday! I even bought a special ruler for it at a quilt show once.

VA said...

I've never made a Hunter's Star, but you make it look so easy I'd like to try it someday.

joanne roberts said...

I've never made a hunter star quilt. I'm still learning to quilt. I started with pin wheels. Thanks for the great prize

Anonymous said...

Have admired Hunter's Star but not on the top 10 right now. But love fabric!
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Evie H said...

I haven't made the hunter's star, but it is on my long list of want-tos. The FQ bundle would be a great incentive!

Emily said...

I have never tried a Hunter's Star, but if mine turn out as lovely as yours, I will give it a whirl!

Janarama said...

Never made a Hunter's Star quilt, but I'd love to make one as colorful as yours. Love it!

Tammy Moad said...

I have never made a Hunter's Star. LOVE it!

susan said...

Have not attempted a hunter star pattern but you make it look like something I will now try. Thanks!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I have never made a Hunters Star Block, but you make it look so easy. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

LeAnne said...

I've never made a Hunters Star Block. Yours is beautiful though.

cjmont said...

i am a little intimidated by the hunter's star but would love to win these gorgeous fabrics. thanks for the giveaway.

Margaret said...

I have not tried a hunter star but after seeing this I am definitely going to give it a try

wendy said...

Ooooh...I love your quilt, it's beautiful! I have not made a Hunter's Star yet but I have always wanted to attempt one. May have to rethink my bucket list and do it sooner. Thanks!

scottylover said...

I took a class through my old guild that was a scrappy hunter star block, but it is nothing like this. I have wanted to make this style of Hunter Star for a long time! Will have to look in to the ruler set!

Sandy A

Connie Cain said...

Have not tried the hunters star, but it is beautiful. :)
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Bonnie58 said...

Beautiful quilt. The Hunter Star is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing

Kathy E. said...

I have not made a Hunter's Star block before, but it certainly is on my bucket list now! I really like it and it's so versatile with colors. Thanks for sharing this cutie!

Karen quilts said...

I bought a Hunter's Star kit somewhere and then found I needed the ruler. By the time I ordered and received the ruler ,I realized it was going to be more involved than I thought. I used the fabric for something else.. With the step by step pictures you gave I now think it is possible for me to do it. I would love to win so I can use the ruler with your instructions. Thank you for being in the contest. I love the quilt you made.

Joan said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. I have never made a Hunter's Star quilt, but I'll love to make one. Thank you for the generous giveaway and the chance to win.

Kathy H said...

I have never made a hunter star block but your ruler makes it look pretty easy.

Barb said...

No Hunters made here...yet. So many possibilities!

Beth said...

I haven't attempted a Hunters Star yet, but your explanation makes it seem a bit closer to possible...your quilt is so pretty I am more tempted to try it, too!

anna brown said...

No i haven't tried a hunter's star they look hard but your colors are so inviting.....happyness04431@yahoo.com

Mary Ann said...

Have her attempted a Hunters Star....

Ellen Giglia said...

I made a navy and white hunters star and gifted it to my brother-in-law. I really like your colored version.
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PK Sews said...

I've never made a Hunters Star quilt, but I would love to try one. Yours is gorgeous! I love the way the beautiful colors make the stars pop!

Béa said...

I have never tried to make a Hunter's Star quilt, but I would sure like to try! Your's is lovely!

amanda m said...

Your quilt looks fantastic! I've never made a Hunter's Star Quilt, but it's definitely going on my to-make list now :)

Gloria Cotten said...

I have never made a Hunter's Star quilt. It appears your ruler would make e it much easier. Your quilt is beautiful!

Esther Grimes said...

I would love to make a hunter's star quilt someday. I've seen so many striking versions of it and it sounds so easy with the ruler.

Lisa E said...

No, I've never done a Hunter's Star quilt, but it looks beautiful. Maybe one day.

Helen L said...

I think your Little Quilts book was one of the first quilt books I bought about 15 years ago!! And no, I haven't done a Hunter's Star, but it is on my list to do someday! :-) Thanks for the chance to win that lovely fabric!

GranChris said...

I haven't done a Hunter's Star using this method but it looks like a winner. Right now I am cutting one out and sewing it with the Accuquilt Die.

sisylyn2 said...

I have never tried to make the Hunter's Star but would love to make them into a wall hanging.

OhioLori said...

Would love to make this quilt!!! (Is on Bucket List too!) Your Quilt is AWESOME! Tuhanks ofr sharing tutorial...makes it look easier to make, than I thought! :)

Thanks for chance too, to win your Give-a-way! :D

delaineelliott said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! I am currently finishing a Hunter's Star quilted tablecloth and curtains (my first). Thanks!

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lauraluvsloons said...

I've made two wall hangings, one spring, one for fall with this ruler. Love using them.

Gill said...

I've never made a Hunter's Star quilt but I'd like to!!

Connie Lawrence said...

You r tutorial and you quilt put this on my list! Thank you.

ledamewood said...

I've never attempted a Hunter Star, although after seeing your quilt, I surely will.

Jen Barnard said...

I haven't made one yet, but I want to.
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Miriam said...

I have always wanted to make a Hunter's Star quilt. I appreciate your step-by-step tutorial. Now I need to get busy... love your quilt!!!

jennie wallick said...

I haven't try the stars but your explaination is fabulous.

lindawwww said...

I've never tried a Hunter Star quilt but after seeing your example I've put it on my bucket list. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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Sarah said...

I've never made one, but I'm making a Lemyone star quilt at the moment. sarah@forrussia.org

Rose Sabey said...

Hi, I have never tried the Hunter Star Quilt, looks difficult, but sure would like to try one. rosesabeyatyahoodotcom

Renea said...

I have not made a Hunter Star quilt yet but would love to try. Thanks for the great giveaway.

NancyL said...

I've never tried it, but it would be fun!

JoAnne in southern California said...

Thank you for showing how you made your gorgeous Hunter's Star Anniversary Star quilt. I've not made a Hunter's Star quilt but it's on my list to be next after this log cabin quilt I'm making. I had not thought of making it so multi-colored. What a great idea!

Susan said...

I've never made a Hunter's Star but you certainly made it look easy!

Susan said...

I've never made a Hunter's Star but you certainly made it look easy!

Lorna McMahon said...

A beautiful finish and a perfect way to show off those fabulous fabrics. Thanks so much for showing all those progress pictures!

Paige said...

Our guild just had a retreat and Hunter's Star was one of the classes, but it's not on my list of must do quilts. After seeing yours, maybe I'll change my mind.

Dana Gaffney said...

Hunter's Star is one of my favorites and I've made quite a few, they always turn out beautiful. Thanks.

Sew Bea said...

I've never made a Hunter's Star quilt, but after seeing yours it has been added high up on my bucket list. This fabric will definitely make a beautiful Hunter's Star quilt.

Judy1522 said...

I am a big fan of star quilts but have never made a Hunter Star quilt. Your quilt is gorgeous and something I want to make.

JANET said...

I have it on my list, but haven't started one as yet. Your quilt has me wanting to reconsider the order of the list.

Pam said...

Oh yes, I have tried the Hunter's Star, but I've never been any good at it. Yours is awesome. I love the rapid way of doing that!

ana s. said...

I have done a hunters star but the eaay way with triangles.

Betsy said...

I've admired these quilts but have never made one myself.

Dody said...

So many quilt patterns. So little time. I haven't done one. But would like to. Yours is gorgeous!
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kbo said...

Never attempted a hunter star but this tutorial will greatly help .

Jacklynn Grimm said...

I have never tried a Hunter's Star quilt, but I love how the white stars pop out of the rich colored fabric. Thanks for the giveaway! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

works4me said...

A Hunter's Star quilt was never on my radar until I saw your gorgeous example. Now I'll add it to my list.

Thanks for the chance to win that beautiful bundle of fabric.

Pat Gottshalk said...

Yep, I will have to make a hunters star. I made a few blocks years ago, pre-rotary cutter but it looks like a need another ruler.

Linda said...

The Hunters Star is in my bucket list.

Paula said...

Yours was the first book I bought after learning how to quilt.I also made several of the Little Quilts i the book. Love your project!!

Charlie said...

Beautiful quilt! I've never seen it before and the construction is so different than I expected. I love the colors!

Susan said...

Lovely quilt. No I have never attempted a Hunter's Star. I made a Carpenter's Star one time and loved it.

Treevillemary said...

I did make a 'Rapid Fire' Hunter's star in a guild class. Loved it.

Chiska said...

I haven't made one--but it is on my bucket list as of this year. So pretty!

Terri Hauge said...

Your Anniversary Star is stunning - love the pieced binding.

carolinerohrer.50 said...

I am going to have to try this

~Kris~ said...

I have never made this pattern although i have seen it many times and wondered how it was made. Thanks for the lesson. Your quilt turned out beautifully.

Jo Anne Hawks said...

The Hunter's Star is on my bucket list, which is very long.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a great quilt and the pattern looks fun! I have made a table runner with Hunter Star blocks.

Diantha said...

I've never made a Hunter's Star quilt, though I've made a different star quilt. I do like the stars.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I've never made one, and actually never even heard of one. Sorry! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have never tried to make a Hunters Star. They are beautiful!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Never made a Hunter's Star. Never knew the ruler existed. The quilt is very pretty and the tutorial makes it look so easy to do so I just might have to check it out.

Debbie said...

Your Anniversary Star quilt is stunning! I was at a retreat a few years back and made a miniature scrappy Hunter's Star block which I made into a pincushion. After seeing this quilt in all it's glorious color, I definitely will reconsider making a full size quilt!

Dominique Wielgosch said...

I have never made the "Hunter's Star" block but you have inspired me. Thank you and thank you again for the great tutorial.

Heather B said...

I have never tried a Hunter's Star. I will definitely have to give it a try I love the look!

Gloria said...

Thank you for showing us how you made your quilt. I see another ruler purchase in my future!

Sara Moline said...

I love the Rapid Fire Hunter Star ruler. I made a queen size quilt using this method and you're right- they are perfect every time! I really enjoyed that quilt- maybe I should make another!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sherryl said...

I've never made a Hunter's Start Quilt - but now that I see how it's made, I definitely want to give it a try! Love it with all those bright colors. So cool!

Lisa Stahl said...

I've not been quilting for long and never knew that it was called a Hunter's Star Quilt, but it's on my bucket list now, it's a stunning work of art. The saturation of these fabrics is perfect for the impact you want for a project like this! I would definitely love to make one of these.

Lisa

minibea12 said...

I have not tried to sew a Hunter's Star Quilt but I'm going to add it to my bucket list!
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Sallie said...

on my bucket list.

Walter said...

I have always liked this pattern; these fabrics would definitely be an inspiration. pjrquilter at msn dot com

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I have the pattern for the Hunter's Star quilt but haven't picked the fabric yet so your bundle would be perfect.